Cabinet Members Give 75% of Their Salaries to Coronavirus Efforts
CABINET MEMBERS – Several Cabinet members promised that they will donate 75% of their salaries to help the government fight the 2019 novel coronavirus.
Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte decided to place the entire Luzon under “enhanced community quarantine” following the increasing number of cases of 2019 novel coronavirus. Several provinces and cities then imposed a community quarantine.
On March 24, the 75-year-old chief executive signed the ‘Bayanihan to Heal as One Act‘ which grants him more power to combat the virus. In one of his recent speeches, he said the government has allotted P275 billion aid for the most affected families in the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a previous article, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the president will donate his entire salary for April to help the government fight against the disease. “The President is likewise donating his one-month salary for the cause,” he said.
Based on a report from Announcement Philippines, several Cabinet members said they will give 75% of their salaries to the government to support its battle against the deadly virus from China.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced that some Cabinet members decided to donate their salaries. The money will be donated to the ‘Bayanihan to Heal as One Act of 2020.’
“Nais din nating ipagbigay alam na karamihan, majority, ng mga miyembro ng gabinete ni Pangulong Duterte ay boluntaryong ibibigay ang malaking bahagi, 75 percent ng kanilang buwanang sahod, upang ilaan sa mga programa ng gobyerno upang sugpuin ang COVID-19 sa loob ng panahong pinapatupad ang Bayanihan Law,” he said.
Nograles was asked about the names of the Cabinet members who donated their salaries. According to the report, he admitted that he was part of it but did not disclose their names. Their monthly salaries are between P262,965 and P301,095.
“Ilan sa ating kasamahan ay boluntaryong babawasan ang kanilang mga sahod hanggang Disyembre pa ngayong taon para sa mga programang ito.Yung mga ibang opisyales, sila na lang po sigurong magsabi kung sinu-sino sila,” he said.
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